some weeks, i feel like i live at the house of blues. last week was one of those weeks.
one of my favorite artists. i can’t narrow it down to top 5. not even top 20. but she’ll always make whatever list. i remember shopping in tower records back in ’06 or ’07 and the lady at the counter suggested i purchase the cd. andrew kendall, one of my favorite music photographers, had just finished posting her images from the cd shoot…so, i bought it in support of his photography. and then fell in love with her music. i was all set up to photograph her gig at the paradise a few years back and something fell thru in the end. in short, i had the opportunity to photograph her show this time around and she didn’t let us down. you go, corinne!
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the folks over at the sony office, who had approved me for alicia keys back in march, asked me to cover say anything at the house of blues last tuesday. they were opening for angels and airwaves and whipped the crowd in to a frenzy. i swear i saw the barricade move. tons of crowd surfing and moshing (both forbidden at the HOB) – i don’t know how the security staff does it. someone threw a condom. i ran into chad b. and dave g. at the show and saw the angels&airwaves set from up top. thanks, guys! shoutouts to VATER percussion. fam.
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^ ^ what’s up with that watermark? where’s my logo. oh well. it’ll do.
so, i request shows that a.) i have the evening open for and b.) i kinda know a few songs of the band. i knew HERE IT GOES AGAIN and danced alone, when they played it. i really thought their stage show was clever. a little bit of everything. they did some weird hand bell thing, jumped into the crowd, tossed out tambourines, had little webcams on the end of their mic stands and that fed up to the screen….it was cool. i dug it. the confetti is from the FIRST SONG. who shoots confetti at the beginning? they do and i love them for it.
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the red sox/yankees game let out around the same time i left OK GO. fail. kenmore station was a mess, so i walked all the way up to hynes convention center and got on there. 4 cleveland circle, 2 out of servce and 2 boston college trains later, and i got on an empty D riverside train. headed outbound, the train picked up the massive amounts of fans leaving kenmore and fenway. there was yelling and one drunk girl fell and crawled around on the floor. she thought it was so funny, she did that silent laugh – followed by some miserable siren-pitched cry that lasted thru to beaconsfield. at this point, the train was emptying out, but the drunk section remained. i have to admit, as much as i was annoyed, i was amused…until….
one kid took it a little too far. you could pinpoint it in his eyes. the joke turned to rage in SECONDS. i stood my behind up and moved to the front of the train, as an all out brawl commenced. there were fists flying. blood. profanities. profanities en espanol. it involved too many people and it was going to out of control in moments. luckily, the train slowed and the doors opened at my stop. amen! the police came as i made my way out of there!
good times. check out all the reviews/photos i’ve posted, because you care. and hey! leave a comment so i know you were there/here. i will repay you in gum. KMD